[Ip-health] New paper TPP by Prof Carlos Correa

Viviana Munoz Munoz at southcentre.int
Tue Sep 22 08:35:59 PDT 2015


South Centre (Development, Innovation and Intellectual Property Programme)
 
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Research Papers 62
 
Intellectual Property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Increasing the Barriers for the Access to Affordable Medicines
 
Carlos M. Correa
September 2015
 
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Intellectual Property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Increasing the Barriers for the Access to Affordable Medicines
 
Most free trade agreements signed by the United States, the European Union and the members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in the last 15 years contain chapters on intellectual property rights with provisions applicable to pharmaceuticals. Such provisions considerably expand the rights recognized to pharmaceutical companies under the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) established in the context of the World Trade Organization. The leaked text on intellectual property of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently under negotiation goes further than those FTAs. It reflects the ambition of such companies to obtain even higher levels of protection. This paper discusses some characteristics of the TTP negotiations and the main possible outcomes that may negatively affect access to medicines, notably in developing countries.
 
The paper is available on the South Centre website at:  http://www.southcentre.int/research-paper-62-september-2015/.
 
*Apologies for cross-postings*



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